So I got lucky and won an all expenses paid motorcycle
trip through Peru from Honda Canada. They had a thing called "The
Next Big Adventure" showcasing their Honda Varadaro adventure bike.
The deal was that they supplied a flight, bike, tour guide, accomodations
and meals for one week in Peru. All I had to do was go down to my local
Honda dealership (Meidl Honda) and ride a Varadaro around an obstacle
course, then enter to win.
Day 1 (Travel Day)
So the trip started on Sept 3rd where I caught a plane from
Saskatoon to Toronto then a ten and a half hour flight to Santiago, Chile.
From there I flew up to Arica, Chile which was just south of Peru on the
Day 2 (Riding Day)
The group got up, had breakfast and started out on our brand
new 2010 Honda Varadaros and headed to the Peru border where we ended
up spending several hours sitting and trying to get things all figured
out. Finally got through after 5 hours and headed our way to Tacna, Peru
where we had a quick lunch then headed to Maquegua where we spent the
Day 3 (Riding Day)
The day went good again putting on 535km and hitting some beautiful countryside
again and a lot of twists through the mountains. Ended up going pretty
high too. We had checked once and it was 14000 ft above sea level and
a lot of people were feeling the effects me included. We went through
a few cities that are ridiculously busy. Checked in at a fancy hotel in
Puno, Peru by Lake Titicaca with an extrodanary view.
Day 4 (Riding Day)
The third day of riding started with a bit of an incident.
My roomate was feeling the effects of the altitude and slipped in the
bathroom during the night and was not feeling good so he got an x-ray
and ultrasound done and found that he bruised his kidney and broke one
of his lower cartilage ribs, but got the okay to keep riding so we had
a bit of a late start. We hit some more windy roads and finally got into
some land with vegetation and beautiful views again. We still managed
to get 454kms on the bikes and checked into the Terra Andina Hotel on
the outskirts of Cusco, Peru.
Day 5 (Machu Picchu Tour)
Fourth day was great with our tour of Machu Picchu. Bit of
a rough start with the power going out at the hotel and scrounging everyone
up to catch our 5:40am cab to take the train. Arrived and got toured around
the ruins with a great guide then returned to the hotel at 4:30 for a
little R&R. See some of the amazing photos we took of the Incan ruins.
Day 6 (Riding Day)
Good day putting on 460km and returning to Puno taking a
different route back and driving through the Sacred Valley. We also decided
to stop in Cusco and have a drink and experience the Peruvian culture
which everyone thought was pretty cool. There was also a bar called "Norton
Rats Tavern" which we all jumped on the tourist train and bought
t-shirts. Got back to Puno with some light left were we relaxed, ate and
went to bed to getting ready for our last day of riding.
Day 7 (Riding Day)
With our last day of riding being the best by far and pretty
much the higlight of my trip putting on 460kms. We hit some of the best,
most curvey roads I have ever been on that lasted for more than an hour.
I decided to go ahead of the pack with the Varadaro and ended up sliding
the pegs on the ground numerous times on the most perfect pavement. Ended
up getting back to Arica with good time and went out to a fancy resaurant
on the ocean for our wind up supper and had a few drinks.
Day 8 (Santiago, Chile & Travel)
With the last day of my trip I had a 6 hour wait in Santiago,
Chile so I hung out with a friend and her boyfriend where I ate some typical
Chilean food, had a special drink in the one bar and toured some streetside
markets. Found this to be awesome touring around with a common friend
and going to typical Chilean places and learning a bit of history along
All in all this was a great "Once In A Lifetime"
trip where I got to see a few new countries and cultures. This was a chance
to tour a developing country and to see it in its purest form all from
the seat of a motorcycle. I hit some of the best roads I have ever road
on with an adventure bike that can seem to do it all. I would recommend
this trip to anybody as Peru has every type of land to offer including
mountains, desert and jungle. I would like to thank Warren Milner with
Honda Canada and Philip Freeman with MotoQuest Tours for this great opportunity.
Devin Beaudoin (AKA: Saskatchewan)
Highlights, Recommendations and Trip Quotes
Canadian Moose Cock Joke" Philip Freeman (Tour
Guide from Alaska)
- The only road rules followed in Peru
is that there are no rules!!
Meidl Honda Powerhouse